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Aug 11, 2008 - Yousuf Raza Gilani    No Comments

Actually, judiciously, basically, certainly, definitely

Actually, judiciously, basically, certainly, definitely and finally, Thank you.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani sahab has been mocked by this comedy site called 23/6 to no end. This comedy video condenses CNN’s show The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer into one minute. In this one minute episode, apnay Gilani sahab managed to get a few seconds and brought smile to many lips in his usual articulate manner.

Aug 1, 2008 - quirky    No Comments

The £23,000 oil change

Read this:
A motorist sent his ‘Batman’ Lamborghini on a 6,500 mile round-trip to London for an oil change – at a cost of more than £23,000.
The £190,000 vehicle was loaded on to a scheduled flight from Qatar to Heathrow, before being flown back to the Middle East owner.
The Murcielago LP640, a two-seater coupe, features in the latest Batman film The Dark Knight, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The car’s 6.500 miles journey sparked outrage from environmental groups.
One said the owner – thought to be a wealthy Sheikh – had a ‘carbon crater’ rather than a carbon footprint.
According to reports, the black and gold car cost £3,552 to service at an approved dealer, plus around £20,000 to freight to Britain and back.
Jenny Evans from the campaign group Plane Stupid said: “This horrifies me. It is another example of how rich people exploit and pollute the planet because of their money.”
Friends of the Earth transport campaigner Richard Dyer said the trip was “ludicrous”.
“We urge the individual to get their car serviced closer to home,” he added.
However David Price of Lamborghini Club UK said the way the owner chose to have his car serviced was up to him.
“I’m not surprised. Thankfully the age of excess in some areas continues,” he said.
Please answer honestly, after reading this, how many of you were:

• Disgusted at the obscene display of wealth
• Revolted with the carbon footprint of the car and its ‘servicing’
• Fascinated with extravagance
• Wanted to be the Shiekh to have owned the batman Lamborghini.

Honesty will be much appreciated.

Aug 1, 2008 - women    No Comments

Four were not enough !

My colleague and I were two different newspapers this morning and we both said WTF in unison. We both were reading the same news. According to AFP and BBC, a member of the Saudi religious police has been accused of having six wives at the same time – two more than allowed under religious laws.

The 56-year-old was detained in south-western Jizan province. Three of the women involved were Saudis and the other three were from Yemen.

What is most ironic about this news is that the polygamist par excellence is actually a member of Muttawa (The virtue police). Members of the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice are expected to enforce the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islam, particularly regarding relations between the sexes. They tell women to keep all their hair hidden and raid coffee houses to see if people drinking coffee together are mehrams to each other. After a lifetime of lynching people for small offenses, the polygamist muttawa probably thought he is untouchable.

The accused denies the women are all currently his wives and says he has divorced two of them. Muslim men can keep up to four wives at a time under sharia, or Islamic law, which is applied in Saudi Arabia. I think he is very smart to play the numbers so that even if you have had a hundered wives in your lifetime, you never have more than 4 wives at any one time. King Saud, founding father of the kingdom married a women from all the major tribes to bring unity (what an absolutely original way to bring unity to one’s country) and is speculated to have had 22 wives.

I am wondering what kind of punishment this guy will get. Will it be Zina because not more than 4 women can be his wives so will he face lashes or will he be stoned to death? Will they only stone him to death or will they stone two of the wives? How will they determine which of the six women is he currently married to and who are concubines (I used for the lack of a more appropriate word). Should the authorities take his word for it after his lies?

Six is way too many a wives; even those who sanction polygamy think he’s pushin’ it.

Jul 26, 2008 - quirky    No Comments

Twins with a twist

According to UPI, the mother of twin boys born in Germany with dramatically different skin color said she was surprised to see her “black and white” infants.
Florence Addo-Gerth, who is from Ghana, said the older twin looks like his white German father, while the younger twin looks more like she does.
Scientists, however, said the combination is not as rare as people might think. Dr. Melissa Fries, director of genetics and fetal medicine at Washington Hospital Center in the District of Colombia, told U.S. television network there have been a handful of similar cases in the past three years.
Lawrence Balter, professor of applied psychology at New York University, noted fraternal twins are just two children born at the same time.

In additional news, Ryan, who is white, is described as a very spirited baby, and Leo, who has black skin like mom, is described as more “laid back.”
There are twins in our family but we have never had identical twins.

I think it is cool. Both parents has a child that looks like one of the parents.

Jul 25, 2008 - quirky    No Comments

Mown a Lisa

There is obsession and there is obsession.
An art-obsessed gardener has mown the Mona Lisa into her lawn.

According to news, Tania Ledger, from Croydon, employed a 3D art expert who reconstructed the famous painting for the The Da Vinci Code film to do the same in her garden.

Chris Naylor took two days to replicate Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece in grass, using a small lawnmower and a handful of garden tools.

The design will grow out within a few weeks but Mrs Ledger, 48, says that is what made the project so exciting.

“It’s like a hair cut – if you don’t like it you can grow it out and you can try out as many new looks as you like,” she said.

“Having experimented with topiary already, my lawn seemed like the perfect blank canvas to host my next creation.”

Garden art, previously considered the preserve of manor houses and stately homes, is becoming increasingly popular among domestic gardeners, according to Clare Foggett of Garden News.

And a B&Q spokesman said: “We’ve certainly noticed a growing trend in decorative gardens this year.”

Jul 14, 2008 - quirky, Society    No Comments

Subway goddess fighting puritanism

People have fought Puritanism in many ways; the subway goddess of Chile (Latin America) did it by stripping, in subway trains of Santiago, the Chilean capital.

Monserrat Morilles, 26, surprised subway riders all week stripping to skimpy underwear on the poles of Santiago subway trains to challenge the prudishness of Chilean society, but she refused to take tips.

She said she was protesting a lack of tolerance in Chile, one of Latin America‘s most conservative societies where the first generation since the Pinochet dictatorship is reaching adulthood.

“This is just a beginning. We are starting an idea here that will grow and be developed further,” she told Reuters as police and subway guards surrounded her.

The professional pole dancer worked quickly all week to avoid arrest, getting on at one station, finding a subway car with no children on it and stripping in time to exit at the next station.

Chilean media dubbed her “La Diosa del Metro” or Subway Goddess. She called her performances “happy minutes.”

Chile is still a pretty timid country,” said her manager Gustavo Pradenas. “People aren’t very extroverted and we want to take aim at that and make Chile a happier country.”

Imagine having a subway goddess of our own (as we don’t have subways here, we can have a Khan coach – a mini bus – goddess)! I wonder what will happen if someone tried subverting a talibanized society like Pakistan, a youtube beheading would be the mildest of punishments, what say?

Jul 8, 2008 - quirky, Society    No Comments

Cutting down on flirting

Saudia Arabia as a country and its various rulers continue to confound me for one reason or the other – be it sanctioning of misyar marriage or a tribe where husbands are not allowed to see their wives faces – Saudis come up with weird rules one after another.

According to Associated Press, Prince Fahd bin Badr, governor of the northern al-Jof region, ordered authorities to punish men who flirt with women in public places by cutting their hair.

It said the prince told a gathering at his palace in the northern town of Skaka on Sunday he has instructed police to apply the punishment to all youths guilty of flirting, including “the sons of senior military and civil officials.”

“The decision doesn’t include men who spend their free time in public places without hurting anyone,” the paper quoted the prince as saying.

Saudi Arabia has long imposed a strict Islamic lifestyle in which men and women are segregated in public. That lifestyle is enforced by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, a government body that runs the country’s powerful religious police.

Its members patrol public places to make sure women are covered and not wearing make up, the sexes don’t mingle, shops close five times a day for Muslim prayers and men go to the mosque and worship.

Many clergymen in this conservative Gulf country say men should not have long hair because Islam prohibits the sexes from emulating each other.

Sheik Mubarak al-Rushoud, head of the commission in al-Jof, told Al-Hayat the new punishment resulted from “the repeated pestering of women in souks and outside girls’ schools.”

He said Fahd has ordered that the punishment against the men “who emulate women” should be carried out at the scene of the infraction, according to the paper.

“The decision, however, doesn’t include all men with long hair,” al-Rushoud was quoted by Al-Hayat as saying.

Honestly, did the governor really think that he would cut down on eve teasing by providing free barber services to over enthusiastic boys? I believe that the governor googled himself and found nothing on him so he decided to do something that will increase the number of sites, forums and blogs with his name. It’s all about improving one’s cyber presence.

Jun 30, 2008 - quirky    No Comments

Manure thief falls into dung

This has got to be priceless. According to German police, a woman trying to make “manure bombs” using stockings, slipped into a slurry tank and fled the scene naked in Berlin.

Two women entered a farm in the northern village of Eberholzen Wednesday evening and started to fill the stockings with manure.

“One of them slipped into the manure tank, right into the cow muck,” said a spokesman for local police. “The other one helped her out. We found their clothes in a field. One seems to have run off completely naked, the other in her underwear.”

Police said it was unclear what the women had intended to do with the “manure bombs,” but added the incident could be linked to victory celebrations surrounding the Euro 2008 semi-finals on Wednesday evening, when Germany beat Turkey 3-2.

You know what added zing to this news item? The announcement made by German police that the women can come and collect their clothes back from the local police station – unwashed of course.

If these ladies had been living in Pakistan – or India for that matter, they would not have to work this hard to get dung. Our cows litter the streets with dung cakes … they are for all to steal and make bombs.

Jun 27, 2008 - Uncategorized    No Comments

The right incentive

Everyone is familiar with the word ‘incentive’. We all are lured by them and use them to get things from others, but the incentive offered by sex workers in US has got be the most unique ever.

American sex workers are offering free fuel after finding that high petrol prices were keeping customers away.

In the Nevada desert, where it is legal to run brothels, truck drivers make up a significant proportion of the men who like to pay to stay awhile.

But with fuel prices making filling the tank of the big rigs which ply their trade on America’s highways almost prohibitively expensive, something has had to give.

The Nevada Brothel Owners Association claim they are bearing the brunt, with revenue in some establishments dropping by up to 45 per cent since the oil crisis began.

Old George or Jimmy out there, he’s got to take care of momma and the groceries first, and he’s got to take care of fuel costs, and he’s got other expenses, and he may not have much left over for having a good time,” George Flint, the association’s director, reportedly said.

In fact, things have got so bad, some brothels are offering extras – in the form of free showers, coffee or overnight parking – free to any trucker willing to splash out for a good time.

Some enterprising houses of ill repute in Nevada have even got to the crux of the crunch and are offering discounted petrol for regular customers.

The cash-back concept is not new. In 2006, Sydney brothel The Site offered to refund 20 cents for every litre of petrol bought, as long as drivers were willing to spend some of it with the brothel’s employees.

“If you come in and spend time with one of our lovely ladies, we’ll give you a discount of 20 cents a litre,” Kerry, the manager, said at the time.

It amounted to a saving of around £5 per tank of petrol, which was not much, Kerry admitted, though it was having the desired effect.

“We’re getting more media exposure, if you want to put it that way, than basically bums on beds,” Kerry said.